Pace has launched a set of new HD set-top boxes for payTV. The devices can be used as standalone HD set-tops or as IP clients within a home network, offering operators a single set-top box now, but with the option to incorporate it into a wider home network as next-generation services develop.

Pace’s new set-tops offer full HD and 3D capabilities and are IP ready, so able to receive over-the-top (OTT), on demand and broadcast content. Whatever an operator’s preferred home networking method, the clients seamlessly integrate into Wi-Fi, Powerline or coaxial networks.

As standalone devices, the set-tops provide payTV subscribers with immediate access to a wide variety of high quality content, while also offering operators a flexible platform that serves as a conventional HD set-top box today, or a home networking client tomorrow. This allows operators to deliver new services and move towards a converged home offering without the need to replace their deployed hardware.

Darren Fawcett, chief technical engineer, Pace, said in a statement, “PayTV companies across the globe want to provide entry level set-top boxes at one end, but also cater for the consumer who wants to light up all screens with a great payTV experience. The challenge for operators is how to achieve the right economics and a consistent quality of experience, while ensuring their systems are simple to install and operate.”

The new set-tops are Wi-Fi, Powerline and coaxial network ready, and receive content via IP and traditional broadcast. The devices are available in various designs, according to customer requirements, all with the ability to deliver a converged broadband and broadcast big screen experience. Options include an 802.11n wireless HD IP client, a Powerline home networking HD IP Client and an ethernet/MOCA HD IP Client.

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